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bug#17765: julian date is not what you think

From: Pádraig Brady
Subject: bug#17765: julian date is not what you think
Date: Thu, 12 Jun 2014 20:04:16 +0100
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tag notabug 17765
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On 06/12/2014 05:56 PM, Steve Zornes wrote:
> the date command uses %j to specify number of days since beginning of year. 
> It looks as though %j is meant to mean Julian day which is ACTUALLY the 
> number of days since the julian calendar started. Currently 2,000,000 or so.
> number of days since the beginning of the year is called ordinal date and 
> should be specified with a %o 
> just a thought.                                         

Stricktly you are correct, though calendars with the
ordinal day listed are often referred to julian calendars.
There is a long history of specifying this with %j.
See strftime, cal -j, etc.
So while %o is available, it's not worth the trouble to use for this IMHO.
In any case you wouldn't start changing this in date(1),
rather the POSIX standards for strftime() etc.
But again I don't think this is practical.


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